In response to Mark Zuckerberg Wanting Children Under 13 to Be Able to Join Facebook
Article being referenced: Zuckerberg: Kids under 13 Should Be Allowed on Facebook
Plain and simple, Facebook isn’t a place for children.
As I’ve shared in the past, and as many of us know – the content and culture is adult-intended. While I agree with Mark, children should benefit from social media, Facebook just isn’t the place.
While it may sound cliche, we parents know that until you have a child, you just don’t understand the importance of that child’s safety and well-being. Since Mark’s not yet a parent, it’s obvious that he doesn’t understand this. After all, I know he wouldn’t want his children offline being exposed to, yet alone “playing”, smash or pass or spending time with the NAMBLA folks for example; yet he knowingly allows this to happen online. A parent would never do the same. The online world for our children, I believe, deserves as many of the same offline safeguards as technically and humanly possible.
Just like in education, to achieve their full potential, a child needs to be a part of a constructive, age-appropriate, respectful, engaging and rewarding environment. While Facebook delivers many benefits to adults, it simply lacks these benefits for our children.
I recommend instead of “taking on the fight” specific to COPPA, it’d be much better to simply follow the law or work with Yoursphere.